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NASA Connect

Grade Levels: 6 - 12
Core Subject(s): Mathematics, Science
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  • NASA Connect. Algebra: Mirror, Mirror on the Universe.

    Students discover how algebra and telescopes are used in space exploration and why optics, which is the study of light, is important in astronomy. Students learn about the Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Deep Field, and how NASA engineers use algebra in their work.

    Length: 00:28:30
  • NASA Connect. Ancient Observatories: Timeless Knowledge.

    In Ancient Observatories: Timeless Knowledge, students will learn how cultures from ancient times to the present have used the Sun and other objects in the sky to mark the passage of time. They will see how archaeoastronomers use ancient observatories to predict seasons and special events. Using simple tools of geometry and the angle bisector method, students will measure the movement of the Sun and find solar noon for their location. By conducting inquiry-based and web activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:31
  • NASA Connect. Better Health from Space to Earth.

    In Better Health From Space to Earth, students will learn about the importance of good nutrition and exercise. They will investigate what we can learn in space about our bodies here on Earth. Students will see how researchers and scientists apply the mathematics concepts of measurement and estimation to study the loss of calcium in bones and the loss of muscle mass while astronauts are living and working in space. By conducting inquiry-based and web activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:36
  • NASA Connect. Breaking Barriers: Solving Linear Equations.

    In this episode of NASA CONNECT, students learn about supersonic aircraft while investigating the nature of science. They look at how NASA researchers continue to modify their work as we build powerful machines that push hypersonic records to mach 10 and beyond. NASA scientists and engineers use algebraic equations to help them build models that will fly faster, longer and higher. By conducting inquiry-based and web activities, students connect NASA research with the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:31
  • NASA Connect. Data Analysis and Measurement: Ahead, Above the Clouds.

    Predicting severe weather, tracking clouds, and monitoring pollutants in the air, NASA engineers and scientists are developing technologies to collect data that will help them better understand Earth's climate.

    Length: 00:28:31
  • NASA Connect. Data Analysis and Measurement: Dancing in the Night Sky.

    In Dancing in the Night Sky, students will learn about the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. They will learn the many legends and myths that have revolved around the aurora throughout the history of mankind. Students will also discover how NASA scientists and engineers use satellite technology to measure and analyze aurora data. They will see how Norwegian scientists apply the concepts of data analysis and measurement to study the Northern Lights by using ground-based instruments and sounding rockets. By conducting hands-on and web activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:33
  • NASA Connect. Data Analysis and Measurement: Having a Solar Blast.

    NASA engineers and researchers use data analysis and measurement to predict solar storms, anticipate how they will affect the Earth, and improve our understanding of the Sun-Earth system.

    Length: 00:28:34
  • NASA Connect. Festival of Flight Special: Opening Space for Next Generation Explorers.

    In Festival of Flight Special: Opening Space for Next Generation Explorers, students will experience the dynamic skills and processes needed to design the next generation of launch vehicles. They will see how mathematics, science, and technology work together to improve human space flight, with increased safety and economy. Students will get an exciting "hands on" feel for the challenges facing the designers of tomorrow's launch systems and a greater appreciation for the accomplishments of the past. By conducting hands-on and Instructional Technology Activity, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:32
  • NASA Connect. Functions and Statistics: Dressed for Space.

    Building on past space suit technologies, NASA engineers and researchers use functions and statistics to create the next generation of space suits for the International Space Station and beyond.

    Length: 00:28:34
  • NASA Connect. Functions and Statistics: International Space Station: Up to Us.

    Ground research space research = true science as international researchers anticipate working together on-board the International Space Station.

    Length: 00:28:30
  • NASA Connect. Geometry and Algebra: Glow with the Flow.

    NASA aerospace engineers use scale models to see how air flows and why materials glow under wind tunnel conditions.

    Length: 00:28:33
  • NASA Connect. Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight Equation.

    NASA engineers and researchers use geometry and algebra to design, develop, and test tomorrow's aircraft.

    Length: 00:28:37
  • NASA Connect. Geometry of Exploration: Eyes Over Mars.

    Students examine how the principles of geometry and linear and angular measurements are used to survey and map the Earth and other planets. A surveyor explains how locations like football or soccer fields and describes the tools and techniques used. Students also learn how NASA researchers use geometric shapes to navigate spacecraft to Mars and how satellites, like the Mars Global Surveyor, and the principles of geometry, are used to determine the elevation of land formations on Mars.

    Length: 00:28:35
  • NASA Connect. Geometry of Exploration: Water Below the Surface of Mars.

    Students learn how geometry, geometric shapes, and navigation are used to explore Mars. They also learn how NASA researchers collect, analyze, and interpret the data collected from exploration to develop theories about the existence of water and life on Mars.

    Length: 00:28:37
  • NASA Connect. Good Stress: Building Better Muscles and Bones.

    In NASA CONNECT, Good Stress: Building Better Muscles and Bones, students will learn about the importance of building and maintaining better muscles and bones. They will learn that all stresses in life are not "bad."In fact,the body needs "good" stresses,like exercise,to be healthy. Students will see how scientists and researchers collect and analyze physiological data to understand how muscle and bones are constantly changing, especially in a microgravity environment. By conducting inquiry-based and web activities,students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:30
  • NASA Connect. Hidden Treasures: Landscape Archeology.

    In NASA CONNECT: Landscape Archaeology: Hidden Treasures, students will learn how researchers and scientists use data collected through remote sensing to study hidden features on the Earth's surface and to discover the environmental and archaeological effects left by ancient cultures. Students will see how archaeologists use the math concepts of coordinate geometry and powerful geographic information system (GIS) software to solve current world problems by investigating clues from the past. By conducting inquiry-based and web activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:32
  • NASA Connect. Measurement, Ratios, and Graphing: 3, 2, 1.... Crash!

    Crashing planes, skidding tires, and blasting water, NASA engineers work to improve airplane performance and safety.

    Length: 00:28:32
  • NASA Connect. Measurement, Ratios, and Graphing: Safety First.

    NASA engineers and researchers use measurement, ratios, and graphing to maintain high levels of aviation safety and to develop new technologies to meet the growing demands - keeping you safe in tomorrow's skies.

    Length: 00:28:32
  • NASA Connect. Measurement, Ratios, and Graphing: Who Added the "Micro" to Gravity?

    In Who Added the "Micro" to Gravity?, students will learn about microgravity. They will be introduced to combustion science and the importance of fire safety on the International Space Station. Students will also learn how chemistry plays an important role in microgravity research. They will observe NASA engineers and scientists using measuring, ratios, and graphing to analyze data. By conducting hands-on and web activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:38
  • NASA Connect. Pattern, Functions, and Algebra: Wired for Space.

    NASA researchers develop new ways to propel a spacecraft already in orbit without the aid of fuel.

    Length: 00:28:33
  • NASA Connect. Plane Weather.

    Weather affects our daily lives.The elements of weather: rain, wind, fog, ice and snow affect the operation and flight of an airplane. In this program, NASA and FAA researchers will introduce students to math, science, and weather; demonstrate how these elements influence flight; and show how NASA and FAA research is used to limit the effects of these elements on flight. Students will examine: the tools, techniques, and technologies used by engineers and scientists to detect these and other climatological factors affecting aircraft in flight. The lesson and classroom experiment will involve students in the scientific process and emphasizing problem solving, measurement, and reasoning skills.

    Length: 00:29:20
  • NASA Connect. Proportionality: Modeling the Future.

    Students learn why scaling and proportion are important in the design of small, aircraft transportation systems. Mathematical patterns described through practical applications such as the growth of transportation, the Golden Ratio, and the Fibonacci sequence.

    Length: 00:28:32
  • NASA Connect. Proportionality: The X-Plane Generation.

    Students meet NASA researchers and other professional who (a) describe the relationship between force, energy, and motion; (b) discuss how NASA's experimental X-plane is being tested to make space travel more reliable; (c) show students how proportionality and ratios are used to make scale models of spacecraft like the X-33; and (d) describe how scale models are more manageable than full-scale models when it comes to testing and retesting designs.

    Length: 00:28:34
  • NASA Connect. PSA, The Astronaut's Helper.

    In PSA: The Astronaut's Helper, students will be introduced to the Personal Satellite Assistant (PSA), a small, spherical robot that assists astronauts with their chores on space-based vehicles. Students will learn about different types of robots and the mechanical systems on the PSA that must work together for the PSA to function. In the web activity, students interact with a simulation of the PSA and learn how forces affect motion in a low-friction, microgravity environment. Students learn that scientists need to shrink the PSA, and they engage in a hands-on activity where they find the maximum surface area of a computer component that must fit into a smaller PSA. By conducting inquiry-based and web activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:35
  • NASA Connect. Quieting the Skies.

    NASA engineers and scientists are trying to design airplanes to run as quietly as cars. In this program, students will learn the basics: what sound is, what makes sound, how sound affects us and the environment, and how we measure sound. They will also learn some of the techniques being used by NASA to reduce aircraft noise. The lesson and classroom experiment will involve students in the creation, visualization, and measurement of sound.

    Length: 00:28:47
  • NASA Connect. Recipe for the Future.

    The modern airplane must be made of stronger and lighter materials to safely carry more people and to be fuel efficient. This program features a NASA scientist who uses a knowledge of the physical properties of materials, compounds, and mixtures and a variety of measuring techniques to develop new "composite" materials for airplanes. Students will learn how data from laboratory experiments are recorded, displayed (visualized), and interpreted. The lesson and classroom experiment will involve students in the observation and description of physical changes.

    Length: 00:28:21
  • NASA Connect. Rocket to The Stars.

    In Rocket to the Stars, students will learn the basic science concepts of work and energy and see how algebra can be used to help explain both concepts. NASA is working on new ways of powering spacecraft that will reduce the travel time to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Students will be introduced to two cutting edge innovative propulsion technology programs, Prometheus and VASIMR, that will allow crewed and uncrewed vehicles to explore the distant reaches of the solar system. By conducting inquiry-based and web activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:31
  • NASA Connect. Shapes of Flight.

    Objects with varying shapes have different aerodynamic characteristics. In this program, the NASA guest researcher will introduce students to the wind tunnel and the computer, two of the tools used by aeronautical engineers to measure the fundamental design characteristics of experimental and production aircraft. The lesson and classroom experiment will involve students in observation and in measuring, organizing, comparing, and interpreting data.

    Length: 00:29:42
  • NASA Connect. Special Edition: World Space Congress 2002: The New Face of Space.

    The World Space Congress 2002 is the "meeting of the decade" for space professionals. From the discovery of distant planets to medical advancements, from geological exploration to urban planning, from water on Mars to energy sources in developing nations, you'll find it all here.

    Length: 00:28:32
  • NASA Connect. Team Extreme: The Statistics of Success.

    How many people are involved in a successful mission? This program focuses on NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate and the teamwork required to produce a successful space mission. Students will learn about the numerous systems, skills, and capabilities involved in a mission and how NASA manages and integrates these systems. Students will draw a parallel between the teamwork used in a NASA mission and find out how teamwork energizes the popular sport of auto racing. Using hands-on lessons and web-based activities, students will develop an understanding of statistical analysis and how people use statistics to make decisions.

    Length: 00:28:35
  • NASA Connect. The "A" Train Express.

    In The "A" Train Express, students will take a ride on the "A" Train Express. They will learn how weather affects everyone's daily lives. Students will see national and international scientists using satellite technology to help improve weather forecasting and our understanding of aerosols and clouds. They will also be introduced to two NASA satellite Earth Science missions, CALIPSO and CloudSat. By conducting inquiry-based and web activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:31
  • NASA Connect. The Centennial of Flight Special Edition: The "Wright" Math.

    In The "Wright" Math, students will learn about the evolution of flight. They will learn how the Wright Brothers became the first human beings to successfully design, construct, and fly an airplane. Students will learn the method the Wright Brothers used in designing their airplane. They will also be introduced to NASA's Morphing Project, a radically new approach to designing aircraft of the future. They will observe NASA researchers using problem-solving techniques to design wings that will change their shape during flight. By conducting hands-on and web activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:38
  • NASA Connect. The Measurement of All Things: Atmospheric Detectives.

    NASA scientists and researchers introduce students to the study of atmospheric science. They demonstrate the use of mathematics and remote sensing to measure the amount of aerosols in the atmosphere and how human activity contribute to the amount of these aerosols in the atmosphere.

    Length: 00:28:20
  • NASA Connect. The Measurement of All Things: Tools of the Aeronautics Trade.

    In this episode of NASA CONNECT, students explore the U.S. Customary and Metric systems of measurement, understand how to convert units in both systems, and are introduced to the four forces of aerodynamics: lift, weight, drag and thrust. Students will also investigate the tools and techniques used by NASA aeronautical engineers and scientists to measure lift and drag.

    Length: 00:28:40
  • NASA Connect. The Path of Totality: Measuring Angular Size and Distance.

    This program draws its content from the Science Mission Directorate's Sun-Earth Forum. Students will learn about the natural phenomenon that creates a total eclipse and the relative movement of objects in our solar system. Students also will explore the history, mythology, and current science surrounding these amazing events. Using hands-on lessons, web-based activities, and simple tools, students will measure and approximate the angular size and distance of objects in the sky.

    Length: 00:28:40
  • NASA Connect. The Right Ratio of Rest: Proportional Reasoning.

    Why is sleep so critical to good health? This program focuses on the NASA Exploration Mission Directorate's Bioastronautics program. Students will learn about circadian rhythms, how they affect their daily lives, and why NASA is studying them. Using hands-on lessons and web-based activities, students will develop proportional reasoning skills and understand how fractions, decimals, and percentages are related.

    Length: 00:28:32
  • NASA Connect. The Venus Transit.

    In the Venus Transit, students will learn about the importance of using scale models to represent the size and distance of objects in the solar system and beyond. They will be introduced to the astronomical unit (AU), the baseline distance from the Earth to the Sun, which astronomers use to determine the relative distances from the Earth to other planets, stars, asteroids, and objects in space. They will also discover fascinating facts about the Venus Transit, a celestial and historical event, which helped astronomers determine the scale of the solar system. By conducting inquiry-based and web activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:36
  • NASA Connect. Virtual Earth.

    In Virtual Earth, students will be introduced to Earth system science. They will learn what a system is and how to apply the concept of systems to learn more about how the Earth functions. Students will understand the only way to really comprehend the workings of our planet is to look at the Earth as a whole system. They will also focus on Earth science applications of national priority to expand and accelerate the use of knowledge, science, and technologies resulting from the Earth Science Enterprise mission of improving predictions in weather, climate, and natural hazards. By conducting inquiry-based and web activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classrooms.

    Length: 00:28:32
  • NASA Connect. Wherever You Go, There You Are.

    How do pilots navigate accurately? Pilots require the use of math, science, and geography to get from one destination to another. Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) now make navigation much easier and safer for civil, commercial, and military pilots. NASA researchers will show students how math, science, and geography combine to make navigating safer and easier. The lesson and classroom experiment will involve students in observation and in measuring, and interpreting data to determine exact locations.

    Length: 00:29:05

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